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Top Gary Payton II News

  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Out at least two more weeks

    Payton (abdomen) has been experiencing intermittent soreness while attempting to return to competitive conditioning and will continue to rehab before being re-evaluated in two weeks. the team announced Friday.

    Payton's initial timeline to return was Nov. 15. However, his recovery seems to have slowed, and he will have to wait at least two weeks before returning to game action. Payton's next opportunity to take the floor comes on Dec. 3 against the Jazz.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Won't play Thursday

    Payton (abdomen) is out for Thursday's game versus the Nets while he returns to competitive conditioning.

    Payton has yet to make his season debut due to core muscle surgery he underwent in the offseason. Payton's next opportunity to return will be Saturday's game against the Jazz. Since the 28-year-old guard only needs to return to competitive conditioning, he may only require a few practices before stepping back on the court.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Progressing but still not ready

    Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said Monday that Payton (abdomen) is "still progressing" but not ready to play yet, Sean Highkin of RoseGardenReport.com reports.

    Payton was ruled out until at least mid-November due to offseason core muscle surgery, but it appears like he'll remain sidelined for at least a couple more games. When the defensive-minded guard is available to make his Trail Blazers debut, he figures to operate as one of the top guards off the bench behind Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons, but while he's sidelined, rookie first-round pick Shaedon Sharpe figures to garner that role.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Out until at least mid-November

    Payton (abdomen) will not take the floor until Nov. 15 against the Spurs at the earliest, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

    Payton underwent core muscle surgery in July and was initially expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Unfortunately, that date has come and gone, and it appears he's set to miss at least another couple of weeks. Payton should supply Portland with some additional backcourt depth, once cleared, after averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals over 17.6 minutes per game in his 71 appearances with the Warriors last season.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Remains out Friday

    Payton (abdomen/conditioning) is listed as out for Friday's game against Houston.

    While it appears Payton has recovered from offseason core muscle surgery, the guard is still working to get back into game shape and isn't quite ready to make his 2022-23 debut. His next opportunity to make his first appearance of the season will arrive next Wednesday versus the Grizzlies.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Won't return Wednesday

    Payton is listed as out for Wednesday's game versus the Heat due to "return to competition reconditioning."

    Payton's injury listing means that he has likely recovered from the core muscle surgery that he underwent this offseason. Now, Payton has to get up to game-speed conditioning before the Trail Blazers clear him for his season debut. However, this is a good sign that the undrafted guard will return soon, with Friday's game versus the Rockets being his next opportunity.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: To miss start of regular season

    Payton (abdomen) will miss the start of the regular season.

    Payton underwent offseason core muscle surgery and didn't appear in any of the Trail Blazers' preseason games. He continues to progress well in his recovery but needs more time to return to full health. The team announced Thursday that Payton will be re-evaluated in two weeks, so he should at least be considered out for the first week of the regular season. Josh Hart, Anfernee Simons and Keon Johnson should see increased run in Payton's absence.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Remains out Tuesday

    Payton (abdomen) will miss Tuesday's game versus the Warriors due to core muscle recovery, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.

    Payton has yet to make his preseason debut while still recovering from offseason core muscle surgery. His status for the regular season is uncertain, as the team's first game is Oct. 19. When Payton does return, he is in line to be the Blazers' primary backup at the guard position.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Still out Sunday

    Payton (abdomen) is out for Sunday's preseason game against the Kings, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site

    Payton continues to recover from offseason core muscle surgery and will be unavailable for a third consecutive preseason game. His final chance to suit up during the preseason will be Tuesday against the Warriors.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Remains out Tuesday

    Payton (abdomen) won't play Tuesday against Utah, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Payton will miss his second straight preseason contest as he recovers from offseason core muscle surgery. However, the guard should have a chance to play in the team's next preseason matchup versus the Kings on Sunday.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Out Monday

    Payton (abdomen) is out for Monday's exhibition against the Clippers, Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian reports.

    Payton is recovering from an offseason core surgery procedure and is officially out for Portland's preseason opener. The Trail Blazers' next preseason game comes Tuesday, while the team opens the regular season on Oct. 19 against the Kings.

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  • Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Out for start of training camp

    Payton (abdomen) will be ready for full basketball activities closer to the start of the regular season, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.

    Payton underwent core muscle surgery in July and will remain sidelined for the start of training camp. However, he isn't expected to miss too much, if any, of the regular season. The defensive-minded guard parlayed his strong play during the Warriors' championship run into a three-year, $28 million deal with Portland this offseason and figures to garner a solid role in the Trail Blazers' backcourt during the 2022-23 campaign.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Age: 29
School: Oregon St.
Experience: 6